Monday, June 21, 2010

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Title: Plain Truth
Author: Jodi Picoult
Publication Date: 2003
Blurb: The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide -- and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live "plain," Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within -- to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.

My Thoughts: Katie is a young Amish girl who is charged with murdering her newborn baby. The problem is that Katie claims that she’s never been pregnant and never given birth despite all the evidence that says otherwise. Ellie, a distant relation of the family decides, reluctantly, to defend Katie but the catch is that in order to make sure Katie doesn’t skip bail Ellie must live with her and her family for the entirety of the court case. Slowly over the course of the novel the truth starts to come out, but could Katie, a gentle young Amish girl be guilty of murdering her own baby?

I’ve been wanting to read Plain Truth for a while now as I’m interested in finding out more about the Amish. I finally got around to reading it recently and I must say it didn’t disappoint! This was another very interesting and compelling read from Jodi Picoult. I usually get bored reading about court cases, but Picoult somehow manages to keep them interesting and wanting you to read on. I also really enjoyed reading about the Amish people, how they live and the ideals that they live by.

This is definitely one of my favourite Picoult books!

Rating: ****

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